Serena Williams got here by way of a bruising battle with Maria Sakkari to achieve the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Williams appeared set to endure extra frustration in her quest to stage Margaret Court docket’s report for profession grand slam singles titles when she trailed Sakkari by a break within the third set.
Sakkari got here from a set all the way down to defeat Williams within the Western & Southern Open previous to this event within the Flushing Meadows bubble.
Nevertheless, she couldn’t maintain on to her benefit within the decisive set as Williams produced a response befitting her standing as a 23-time main champion.
The American fought again to safe a 6-Three, 6-7 (6-Eight), 6-Three win and e-book a spot within the final eight, the place she is going to meet both Alize Cornet or Tsvetana Pironkova in her 53rd quarter-final at a grand slam.
Sakkari set the tone for an engrossing contest in her opening service recreation, which noticed her maintain to like with the assistance of three aces.
The Greek had three break factors within the fifth recreation however didn’t take any of them and duly paid the worth as punishing hitting compelled Sakkari to fireside a forehand into the web and provides Williams the break.
An ace sealed the primary set for Williams, who was left screaming in frustration on the finish of a gruelling second as a internet twine introduced up set level for Sakkari.
Williams saved that set level and one other to pressure a tie-break that was dominated by Sakkari.
The world quantity 22 raced right into a Four-Zero lead and, although a robust winner from Williams noticed off one other set level, an overhit forehand despatched the competition right into a decider.
Williams once more went lengthy within the opening recreation of the third to give up the break, which Sakkari consolidated regardless of some shaky serving.
However Williams introduced concerted strain on the Sakkari serve two video games later and it advised as she broke again with a blistering cross-court forehand.
That marked a altering of the tide and Williams introduced up three break factors in the eighth recreation of the set, taking the third due to a tame off-balance forehand into the web from Sakkari.
Regardless of admirable resistance from Sakkari, there was by no means an indication of Williams failing to serve out an absorbing match and staying on monitor to lastly finish her look forward to main quantity 24.
Williams  bt Sakkari  6-Three 6-7 (6-Eight) 6-Three
Williams – 30/38
Sakkari – 35/43
Williams – 12/2
Sakkari – 13/Three
BREAK POINTS WON
Williams – Three/Eight
Sakkari – 1/6
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Williams – 54
Sakkari – 60
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Williams – 72/59
Sakkari – 73/48
Williams – 107
Sakkari – 99